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NFL Tidbits & Rumors - Updated 5/14/09

Posted on: May 14, 2009 1:02 pm
 

Some NFL tidbits & rumors from around the web. Enjoy:

Jason Taylor returned to the Dolphins on Wednesday, a hero who turned down the temptations of more money and grander promises from those villainous New England Patriots and New York Jets. Taylor accepted a bargain-rate contract to play for the Dolphins. He basically forced his way out of Washington this offseason and forfeited his $8.5 million salary in the process. Redskins owner Daniel Snyder flew to South Florida and met with Taylor at Joe's Stone Crab to try to convince the player to stay with the Redskins. It didn't work. Taylor turned down promises of a bigger contract offer from the Patriots and didn't even let the Jets or Packers get deep enough in conversations to talk money.

Progress in the Leon Washington negotiations? There seems to be a thaw after a tense couple of days of discussions between agent Alvin Keels and GM Mike Tannenbaum - at least that's the impression given by Keels on his Twitter page. "Positive talk with the Jets today," he tweeted. "Jets fans, everything will be fine. Myself and Mike T will put our heads together and continue to work." On Monday, Washington, frustrated by slow-moving negotiations, stopped attending voluntary workouts. Tomorrow is an open OTA, which means yours truly will be there to bring you the pageantry of an off-season practice in Florham Park.

Garrett Reid is behind bars. Again. Reid, eldest son of Eagles coach Andy Reid, was sent to Graterford Prison yesterday after he failed a drug test at a Hunting Park halfway house, said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman. The 26-year-old tested positive for narcotics when he returned to the Luzerne Treatment Center, on Luzerne Street near G, where he was serving part of a three-year probation sentence. "He had been on a pass away from the facility for a brief period of time," Ferman said. Reports that Reid had been involved in a physical altercation at the center were unconfirmed, she added. Reid's troubles began on Jan. 30, 2007, when his SUV rammed another car in Montgomery County, injuring the other driver. Police said Reid was high on heroin at the time. While serving time for the car crash, Reid smuggled 89 pills into prison in his rectum. He was sentenced last summer to a drug-treatment program for nonviolent offenders. Reid served five months in state prison and was then moved to the halfway house, where he's subject to frequent drug tests, Ferman said.

Middle linebacker Barrett Ruud, the centerpiece of a young Bucs defense in the midst of an overhaul, is key to the unit's success in 2009. But Ruud did not participate in either of the voluntary workouts this week -- the first of 14 such practices this offseason -- even as he spoke Wednesday during a radio interview about taking ownership of coordinator Jim Bates' new scheme. Given his contract status -- he is entering the final year of his rookie deal -- and because talks aimed at an extension are in their infancy, the reason for his nonparticipation is the subject of much speculation. Ruud was present Tuesday but absent Wednesday. Reached Wednesday, Ruud said "everything's fine" and gave no specific reason for his absence. The team indicated he simply took some personal time.

Dallas Cowboys legends Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith disagree on wide receiver Terrell Owens. While Aikman believes the Cowboys' decision to release Owens in March was best for the franchise, a sort of addition by subtraction, Smith said it was a mistake. Both were in Arlington on Tuesday as special guests at a news conference announcing Super Bowl XLV venues. "Addition by subtraction?" Smith said. "Put it this way: I don't know the nuances of the locker room and all those kind of things, but I just know that guy is a player, and there are ways that they could have worked together. "I don't know if he was a scapegoat or whatever it was, but I tell you what, he was a talent. He was a talent, and he didn't get in any trouble, didn't create any issues. Whenever he had the opportunity to make plays, he pretty much made them. He may have said some things at times that were kind of stupid, but we all do that. "Bottom line is, I'm not sure [if cutting Owens makes the Cowboys better]. Who do they have who is going to be that explosive? That's the question. Who do you have that's going to be that explosive? I don't see it." When told that Roy Williams was going to replace Owens as the No. 1 receiver, Smith said: "Like I said, who do you have that's going to be that explosive?"

Eagles coach Andy Reid said yesterday in an interview on the morning show on WIP-AM (610) that the team checked into the availability of Arizona wide receiver Anquan Boldin before the NFL draft, but found the price too high. Reid suggested the price might have been first-, third- and fifth-round draft picks. "That's a lot of picks, No. 1," Reid said. "And then you're going to pay the guy $10 million. So you get hit on both sides of it." Instead, the Eagles traded up two spots and selected Missouri receiver Jeremy Maclin in the first round. Reid said he thought Arizona probably wasn't willing to part with Boldin. If the Cardinals were, a deal would have been struck.

GM Mark Dominik said the team was not surprised Kellen Winslow missed the first voluntary workout, saying Winslow was taking care of a "personal matter." Dominik said Winslow's absence is nothing the team, or it's fans, should be overly concerned about. Tight end Kellen Winslow, the team's biggest off-season acquisition, did not attend the Bucs' first day or organized team activities. Former Bucs defensive tackle Warren Sapp, who visited the club Tuesday, spared no criticism for Winslow. "So when your team fires up OTA's and you're not here, I guess you're being misunderstood again, right?'' Sapp said. "Your past don't equal your future, but it will damn sure give me some reflection of what you might do. I'll leave it at that.''

The National Football League, in what could be a precursor to a lawsuit against Delaware Gov. Jack Markell over sports betting, has filed a legal brief against the measure with the state Supreme Court. The league, in papers filed by a Wilmington law firm, argues that skill "plays an impermissible" role in sports betting, disqualifying such games as a lottery determined mainly by chance. If the high court rules that sports betting as envisioned by Markell and the legislature is more skill than chance, the proposal could fail to pass constitutional muster. America's most prominent sports league has long opposed sports betting as a threat to "the integrity" of its games, a phrase repeated in papers made public Tuesday. Commissioner Roger Goodell had written Markell in March, expressing his displeasure with the gambit that Markell said he took to help balance the state's ailing budget. Markell responded that the league was being hypocritical because ESPN and other networks that broadcast games promote gambling on air and on Web sites. ESPN currently has an eight-year $8.8 billion contract with the NFL for the rights to "Monday Night Football."

NFL owners meeting next week in Florida are unlikely to vote on expanding the regular-season schedule despite reports earlier this year that the league might act on the topic during its May gathering. Several league sources said the owners would not vote on adding games to the regular season, and New York Jets owner Woody Johnson also said there would be no vote. Early last week, a league spokesman said there would be no vote, but after Commissioner Roger Goodell told SportsBusiness Journal on Wednesday that the issue of a vote was still up in the air, the spokesman deferred to Goodell's comment. As commissioner, Goodell is in charge of the meeting agenda. Many of the complexities of expanding from 16 games to either 17 or 18 games have become highly visible, with labor implications being among the key considerations. New NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith has talked about the need to understand the physical harm players face in extending the regular season. Top agents agreed.

You may have seen the last of Brian Griese in a Tampa Bay uniform. The Bucs do not expect Griese to attend the first week of Organized Team Activities which begin Tuesday. The full-squad workouts are voluntary. But team officials and Griese's agent, Ralph Cindrich, say they do not expect the 34-year-old veteran to begin competing this week with four other quarterbacks on the Bucs roster -- Luke McCown, Byron Leftwich, Josh Freeman and Josh Johnson. The Bucs plan to take four quarterbacks to training camp and Griese is not expected to one of them. But Bucs still believe Griese could have trade value and may elect to hold onto his rights through the off-season in case another team suffers an injury at quarterback. The guess here is that the Bucs carry Griese on the roster for a couple months to see if there is another injury at QB around the league and release him before training camp, if not sooner.

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Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: May 20, 2009 12:03 pm
 

NFL Tidbits & Rumors - Updated 5/14/09

What?  No Brett Favre rumors?  LOL.  Guess we hear enough of that on NFL Network. 



Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: May 19, 2009 4:08 pm
 

NFL Tidbits & Rumors - Updated 5/14/09

Progress in the negotiations? There seems to be a thaw after a tense couple of days of discussions between agent Alvin Keels and GM Mike Tannenbaum - at least that's the impression given by Keels on his Twitter page. "Positive talk with the today," he tweeted. " fans, everything will be fine. Myself and Mike T will put our heads together and continue to work." On Monday, Washington, frustrated by slow-moving negotiations, stopped attending voluntary workouts. Tomorrow is an open OTA, which means yours truly will be there to bring you the pageantry of an off-season practice in Florham Park.
Leon Washington is not likely to be a starter on any team in this league; including the Jets.  So, I think he'd better lower his standards a little bit regarding what he's looking for in a contract.  Back-up players shouldn't be skipping OTA's because tyhey're unhappy with their contracts.  Be happy that you're playing in the NFL. 



Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: May 15, 2009 4:46 pm
 

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This was a statement I made to the press in general. It was not intended to be a knock on your blog page. I enjoy reading your blog as it puts into one page the stories of relevance and gives us a short forum to discuss current events. Keep up the good work!!Smile
Irish Dawg - we're cool.  I 5'd both of your posts because I agree.  The media gets ridiculous with stirring up dirt aond controversy.  No apology necesarry, friend.  Thanks anyway. 



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2009 3:58 pm
 

NFL Tidbits & Rumors - Updated 5/14/09

I also wanted to apologize charlieinfl...

This was a statement I made to the press in general. It was not intended to be a knock on your blog page. I enjoy reading your blog as it puts into one page the stories of relevance and gives us a short forum to discuss current events. Keep up the good work!!Smile



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2009 3:52 pm
 

NFL Tidbits & Rumors - Updated 5/14/09

Here is my take on the schedule expansion. The current schedule is that of a 20 game season. They have chosen to only count 16 of those 20 games towards the outcome for playoff births. The fans pay for 20 games, no discounts for the 4 games that "don't count". Thus the player contracts are for 20 games yet they do not have to exert themselves in 4 of those games. Expanding the meaning or relevance of the games should have no impact on current contract situations.

OK ok, yes I live in reality and see that it has always been the practice of using the 1st 4 games to find out who the backups with the most upside are going to be. With this said there should be a compromise to the situation.

I say we shorten the season. What????? Only by one game. By taking away 1 game and making the fans pay for 19 instead of 20, you can take away an entire games worth of injury risk which will appease the union and not cause salaries to raise in paying for the 1 extra "meaningful" game being added to the active schedule. You will lose one pre-season ticket/concessions extravaganza, but you would use those proceeds anyway to pay the pro rated salaries for the extra game being played in the regular season.

As a fan I am all for an extended season, but an extra meaningful game and 2 less 4th string shoot outs is the way to go.



Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: May 15, 2009 3:06 pm
 

NFL Tidbits & Rumors - Updated 5/14/09

NFL owners meeting next week in Florida are unlikely to vote on expanding the regular-season schedule despite reports earlier this year that the league might act on the topic during its May gathering. Several league sources said the owners would not vote on adding games to the regular season, and owner Woody Johnson also said there would be no vote. Early last week, a league spokesman said there would be no vote, but after Commissioner Roger Goodell told SportsBusiness Journal on Wednesday that the issue of a vote was still up in the air, the spokesman deferred to Goodell's comment. As commissioner, Goodell is in charge of the meeting agenda. Many of the complexities of expanding from 16 games to either 17 or 18 games have become highly visible, with labor implications being among the key considerations. New NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith has talked about the need to understand the physical harm players face in extending the regular season. Top agents agreed.
Physical harm?  The average NFL starter is already a millionaire in his rookie season.  The money these players make today compared to years ago is ridiculous.  Yet, they don't wat to expand the regular season because someone might get hurt?  First of all, whether you play 18 games, 16 games, 10 games, or just one games, injuries are always a risk.  Every NFL player understands that when they come into the NFL.  Furthermore, the pre-season games would shrink to accomodate for the expansion, so basically, they'd be playing the same amount of games.  Extra games mean extra renevue for the NFL, does it not?  THIS is what the NFL should be worrying about; expanding NFL football in the USA; not putting the NFL in England twice per year to help their economy instead of ours.  No offense to people from England, but if that country wanted football, they could start their own league. 



Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: May 15, 2009 10:56 am
 

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I agree with both of you.  Remember - I am merely passing on what is out there on the web.  I am not the bad guy here. 



Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: May 15, 2009 10:38 am
 

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Let the man deal with his demons in private and stick to whether or not Brett Favre is going to play in 2009, 2010...2011...etc.


The Media should leave Reid's son AND Brett Favre alone.  Brett Favre has already told the Vikings he is not interested in playing for them; yet the media sees rfit to keep the Brett Favre storyline alive.  That is no different that the Reid reporting.  Anything to make headlines and news because they need something to report on during the offseason.  I doubt the media will ever change their parasitic ways. 



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2009 10:30 am
 

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I am the first to say that sports figures and actors choose their profession like the rest of us average Joe's. However, the story running about Garrett Reid is about as low as the photographers who hide in bushes. This guy is not part of the Eagles organization, he is a family member of one.

This only adds scrutiny on top of the daily pressure that this young man is going through to try and clean up his life. I understand needing to sell newspapers, getting viewers and traffick to your websites, but this man is an innocent bystander in the media world. What he has done in his private life is something that he must live with, but he doesn't get paid millions of dollars to be under the media microscope.

Unfortunately if this keeps up you will be reporting on tragedy if you don't lay off. Let the man deal with his demons in private and stick to whether or not Brett Favre is going to play in 2009, 2010...2011...etc.



Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: May 14, 2009 4:14 pm
 

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Good luck, Jason Taylor.  Try not to dance yourself off the team this time.  LOL. 


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